3 Ways to Use Hyphens With Words

how to use hyphens with words

We are probably familiar with how to use a hyphen with sentences, but I thought it would be refreshing to break down three ways to use a hyphen with words. Why? Because WORDS MATTER. (Just kidding. I mean, words DO matter, but that statement has nothing to do with hyphens.)

Let's move on, shall we?!

Below are three ways to use a hyphen with words (and numbers):

  1. Use a Hyphen to Omit the Word "Through"
    For example, when writing a range of numbers in a text message or other informal writings, it's acceptable to write "17 - 33," instead of "17 through 33." See, how the hyphen can replace or omit the word "through?"
  2. Use a Hyphen in Certain Compound Words 
    As far as knowing which compound words are hyphenated, spell check and grandfather Google can help you out with that information. However, a few examples of hyphenated compound words are check-in, follow-up, and part-time.
  3. Use a Hyphen in Compound Nouns 
    A compound noun includes a noun and a prepositional phrase. Examples of compound nouns are sister-in-law, brother-in-law, and jack-in-the-box.

I hope these grammar tips help.

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